I Love You Porgy (4:12)

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“I Loves You Porgy” is an aria from the opera Porgy and Bess with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin. It was published in . (See GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess (Original Cast Recordings) (1935-1942))

“I Loves You Porgy” has been recorded by a number of popular vocalists and jazz musicians. Nina Simone’s recording of the song (from Little Girl Blue, 1958) was a Top 40 hit in the United States in 1958. Bill Evans’ piano trio version, available on At the Village Vanguard (1961) and the CD re-issue of the album Waltz For Debby, is also acclaimed.

A total of six versions of this song are among recordings inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame:

* GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess (Opera) - Lehman Engel, cond. Cast: Lawrence Winters and Camilla Williams; Columbia (1951)
Musical Show (Album); Inducted 1976

* “I Loves You, Porgy” - Nina Simone; Bethlehem (1959)
Jazz (Single); Inducted 2000

* Porgy and Bess - Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald; Verve (1958)
Jazz (Album); Inducted 2001

* Porgy and Bess - Miles Davis & Gil Evans; Columbia (1958)
Jazz (Album); Inducted 2000

* Porgy and Bess - Alexander Smallens cond. Lawrence Tibbett, Helen Jepson, The Original Orchestra and Chorus; “Under the Supervision of the Composer”; Victor (1935)
Musical Show (Album); Inducted 2002

* Porgy and Bess Highlights, Volumes 1 & 2 Original Cast and Broadway Revival Cast - Todd Duncan, Anne Brow; Decca (1940-42)
Musical Show (Album); Inducted 1990

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